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Vestas kept matches safe and dry
NEW YORK – Long before matches came to be, fire was produced through friction or focusing sunlight on combustible material. By the 1700s, people commonly lit candles, lanterns, stoves and cigars by striking pieces of flint against fire-steels, which sparked slow-burning, charcloth tinder. Many kept these flame-producing trios in cumbersome tinder boxes.
Rare Australian Holey Dollar sets record at auction
SYDNEY (AFP) – Three rare Australian coins including the most famous example of the nation’s first coin, the “Holey Dollar,” have fetched Aus$880,000 (US$911,000) at auction. The coin known as the “Hannibal Head” Holey Dollar – created in New South Wales state in 1813 from an 1810 Silver Dollar minted at the Lima Mint in […]